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Opinion Poll -York 20-8-11

Opinion Poll: hails from Gerald Leigh's famous Markofdistinction family

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Saturday's stakes action - all you need to know

A full breeding analysis of the winners of Saturday's Group races will appear in the results section of Sunday's Racing Post.

Sunshine Coach Solario Stakes (Group 3)

TALWAR'S victory in the Solario Stakes continued the unstoppable run of Rathbarry Stud's Acclamation, whose 19 juvenile winners in Britain and Ireland also includes fellow stakes scorers Harbour Watch, Angels Will Fall and Lilbourne Lad.

Inbred 4x4 to champion two-year-old Try My Best, Talwar was bred in Ireland by Philip and Mrs Jane Myerscough out of French 1m winner Moore's Melody, a sister to 7f juvenile Listed winner Bruges. He was purchased by Willie Browne for 140,000gns at Book 1of the Tattersalls October Sale.

Moore's Melody's yearling colt by High Chaparral is catalogued as lot 229 in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes (Group 2)

Dragon Pulse became the third stakes winner of the season sold at auction by Owenstown Stud when a cosy winner of the Futurity Stakes. The Irish-based nursery also sold Excelebration and Chandlery.

He is the sixth Pattern winner by Kyllachy, who is primarily regarded as a speed influence, and out of Poetical, who was Group 3-placed over 7f despite being by a top-class 1m1f- 1m4f performer in Croco Rouge.

Further back, this is the family of Middle Park Stakes winner Hayil and Carter Handicap winner Wild Rush, suggesting that Dragon Pulse will be most effective over 7f to 1m.

Lonsdale Cup (Group 2)

OPINION Poll, one of a clutch of high-class stayers by Darley veteran Halling alongside Coastal Path and Franklins Gardens, hails from a fine family cultivated by the late Gerald Leigh. He is out of the Shirley Heights mare Ahead, a 1m4f winner at three who has produced five other stakes performers including 1m1f Group 3 winner Horatia.

In turn, Ahead is a sister to Listed Radley Stakes winner Criquette and a half-sister to Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hero Markofdistinction. Curragh Stakes (Listed)

JIM Bolger appears to have another tough daughter of Holy Roman Emperor on his hands in homebred An Ghalanta, who was making her seventh start when successful in the Curragh Stakes.

The filly shares her sire with Bolger's admirable Group 2 winner Banimpire, who is the stand-out of Holy Roman Emperor's six stakes winners from two crops of racing age. 

Coolmore's Group 1-winning son of Danehill later pulled off a juvenile stakes double courtesy of My Propeller, who took the Listed Roses Stakes at York.

An Ghalanta is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Billyford and out of Alamanta, an unraced daughter of Anabaa. She is the first stakes winner within the first three generations of her family.

My Propeller was a 45,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 purchase by Global Equine Group, and is the second winner out of theListed-placed Incise, a Dr Fong half-sister to high-class sprinter Twilight Blues. She was bred in Ireland by D. J. and Mrs Brown.

The Irish Field St Leger Trial Stakes (Listed)

STRAVINSKY was a top-class sprinter for Aidan O'Brien but the son of Nureyev has produced a fine stayer in Fictional Account, who claimed the scalp of Fame And Glory in this Listed event.

The six-year-old, bred by Moyglare Stud Farm, is one of 67 black-type winners worldwide for her sire, who stands at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand for NZ$25,000 following stints in Kentucky, Australia and Japan. Among them are eight Group/Grade 1 winners including Golden Jubilee Stakes scorer Soldier's Tale.

Fictional Account is the best foal out of Romantic Venture, a winning Indian Ridge half-sister to Grade 2 winner Simple Exchange and Group 3 winner Sights On Gold.

De Vere Venues Atalanta Stakes (Listed)

THEYSKENS'THEORY, who was the first stakes winner for Darley's Kentucky resident Bernardini when taking last year's Prestige Stakes, got back to winning ways with a brave victory in the Atalanta Stakes.

Theyskens Theory

Theyskens'Theory: closely related to Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Stevie Wonderboy

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The filly carries the colours of her breeder Andrew Rosen, who paid $1.1 million though Hugo Merryfor her dam, Heat Lightning, in 2005 just days following the success of her son, Stevie Wonderboy, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Theyskens' Theory was knocked down to Steven W. Young for $250,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.





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